Wicklow will have to do without the services of their newly transferred players for the opening two rounds of the Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup because the competition is being played in 2018 and their transfers don't come into effect until 1 January, 2019.

Oisin Mangan and David Devereux, who both transferred from Dublin, are named in the starting 15 for Wicklow's opening game against Longford on Saturday evening but are unable to start due to "red tape".

"John (Evans) was hoping they would be able to play," explained Kieron Kenny, Wicklow PRO.

"But it's a 2019 competition being played in 2018 so that is the problem. They have a lot of injuries in the squad so it would have been great if they could have played."

Devereux, who plays his football for Ballinteer St Johns, was named at wing-back while St Jude's club man Mangan was due to start at corner-back.

Wicklow are due to play round two of the competition against Louth next Saturday but the two players will not be eligible to play by then.

Wicklow's third game is set for 15 January against Laois.